Tennis: PH tournament featuring young women's prospects kicks off Friday


Posted at Sep 22 2017 12:17 PM

MANILA -- Cebuana Lhuillier is once again searching for the next Filipino netters that will don the national colors at the 2017 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Future Stars Finals in Singapore.

For the second straight year, Cebuana Lhuillier is holding a qualifying tournament for girls in the 14-under and 16-under categories at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig beginning Friday until Sunday. 

“The winners will come face to face with the best tennis players in their respective categories from other countries, so it is important that we keep the level of competition high here and send only the best from our turf,” said Jean Henri, Unified Tennis Philippines co-founder and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.

The WTA Future Stars qualifier will be using the same tournament format as the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, featuring the top eight singles and doubles players in each age group as ranked by Unified Tennis Philippines as of August 2017.

The athletes will be divided into two groups with the best two players in each group advancing to the crossover semifinals. The champions will automatically book seats to represent the country in Singapore.

The WTA Future Stars 2017 Finals is on October 16 to 23 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Alexandra Eala, last year’s champion, is set to return to defend her title in the 14-under division. She will challenged by Macie Carlos, Sydney Ezra Enriquez, Alexa Joy Milliam, Minette April Bentillo, Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta, Juliah Asiliah Ignacio, and Justine Hannah Maneja. 

In the 16-under division, last year’s finalist, Carlyn Bless Guarde will attempt to clinch the Singapore ticket as she faces Elizabeth Abarquez, Tracy Cheldette Llamas, Danna Mariella Abad, Winona Cabardo, Gennifer Lysandra Pagente, Jazzelle Madis, and Kiana Louise De Asis.

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